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July 12, 2002

California Firm Has Recalled Beef Franks

Stockton, CA (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Zacky Farms, LLC has recalled approximately 22,500 pounds of franks that were incorrectly labeled as beef. The franks actually contain turkey rather than beef.

The products being recalled are 16-ounce packages of "SAFEWAY JUMBO beef franks." Each package label bears either "SELL BY AUG28, 2E EST. 898" or "USE BY AUG28, 1E EST. 898."

The product was produced on June 22, and distributed to retail stores in Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Washington, DC, and Virginia.

The product label incorrectly listed beef as an ingredient instead of turkey.

"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled," said Linda Swacina, FSIS acting administrator. "We urge consumers with concerns about the mislabeled product to return it to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered during a quality control check by company employees, who notified FSIS.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Dr. Mohammed Azam, Zacky Farms, quality assurance amanager, at 1-800-999-8202, Ext. 2153. Media with questions may contact Todd Beal, Zacky Farms, corporate food safety director, at 1-800-999-8202, Ext. 6683.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. And recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day

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